In this series of posts, I’ll tell you how to get a California Contractors License. This is part 2.
6) HOW DO I PROVE MY WORK EXPERIENCE?
You ask someone in the building trades who has direct knowledge of your work to sign a “work cert” (Certification of Work Experience). You do not need a work cert for each and every job. One person may sign for all four years of required experience. The best way, according to the Contractors State License Board, is to use employed experience and to provide pay stubs proving that experience.
7) CAN I QUALIFY WITH “SELF-EMPLOYED” EXPERIENCE?
Yes! But be prepared to show proof of your experience. The CSLB is reviewing/investigating more and more applications, especially the 8 “critical classifications.”
8) CAN I USE OWNER/BUILDER EXPERIENCE?
Yes, but I recommend that you don’t. O/B experience is reviewed separately to evaluate the amount of experience time you will be granted. On average, the time you are granted is at least ¾ of what you submitted.
9) WHAT HAPPENS IF MY APPLICATION IS NOT APPROVED?
The application will be returned with a letter asking you to supply additional information or make corrections. You will have 90 days to comply with the letter.
10) IS THERE AN EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT?
Yes. The qualifying person must pass the Law & Business and Trade exams, unless he or she meets the requirements for a waiver of either one or both exams. If you’ve taken and passed an exam within the last five years, you do not need to re-test. If you are applying for reciprocity, you’ll only have to take the law and business exam.
Stay tuned for How to get a California Contractors License Part 3.